vegan mains

Chickpeas with Brussel Sprouts

What do broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, and bok choy have in common?

They're all members of the cruciferous family of vegetables. They all contain phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals, and fiber that are important to our health.  Get your dose of these in with this amazing dish--perfect as a vegetarian main or on the side of your favorite protein! 

What You'll Need:

1 pound brussel sprouts, quartered 

1 medium onion, diced 

3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed

1/2 c veggie broth

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

juice of 1 lemon

olive oil

salt, pepper, red pepper flakes--to taste


Preheat oven to 400*

Arrange prepared Brussels and garlic on a large baking sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper.  Bake for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, saute onion in olive oil until aromatic.  

Add veggie broth, roasted Brussels, chickpeas.  Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover.  Cook for an additional 5 minutes or so.

Top with lemon juice.  Salt, pepper & crushed red pepper to taste.

Boo-yah.


Serves 2 as a main, 4 as a side.

Lettuce Wraps

I had a version of these at a restaurant in Showshoe, WV once. They were so good, I had to recreate them. They remain a staple item to our dinner menu!

 

I had a version of these at a restaurant in Showshoe, WV once. They were so good, I had to recreate them. They remain a staple item to our dinner menu!



What You'll Need:

1 block tofu, sliced in half lengthwise and pressed (layer the following: plate, tea towel, tofu, another tea towel, plate. The weight will press out the excess water.)

1 bottle Stubb's spicy BBQ sauce* (don't buy just any BBQ sauce--may are full of sh*t that you really don't want in your body.  Stubbs is a favorite; clean and delish!)

1 jar mandarin oranges, in juice
1 can water chesnuts, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
optional:  2 c chow mien noodles

1 head bibb or romaine lettuce


Press tofu for 1 hour (or overnight in the fridge.) If you are tight on time, just give it a good squeeze. It will be just fine. 

Cube tofu, sauté over medium heat in a large pan with a drizzle of olive oil. Your goal is to cook out excess water and almost create a crispy exterior. 

Toss tofu with BBQ. 

Build lettuce wraps with all the fixins. You will love these.

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Serve with rice and beans topped with Greek yogurt, and it is perfect for 4. Otherwise, plan on serving 2-3.